Thanks for your support.
Please, i need your help.
Proliant ML110 G6. 16GB ECC RAM, Xeon 3430 @ 2.40GHz, 1TB HDD, Windows Server 2008R2.
There are no virtual machines or special services (except for my billing system) implemented in my server.
Only about 6GB of RAM (or less) are in constant use. The rest is free. About the processor, the usual load is about 10%. The maximum is about 50%, but it is rare and happens and in really short time intervals.
To create a backup (only) directory to keep safe the documents of all the 44 computers that we have, plus the billing system. Backups will be made each week.
1.- To biuld a NAS using the FreeNAS OS.
MOTHERBARD: Supermicro MB -X10SLL-S
RAM: Kingston, DDR3, 8GB, ECC.
PROCESSOR: Intel Dual Core G3260
STORAGE: 2x4TB in RAID1 (mirrored). Total capacity: 4TB.
Approximate cost: 7,500 mexican peso (363USD) … This price is just for the box (Server). We already have the hard disks, 2x4TB Western Digital enterprise class.
2.- To buy a little box that allow me to creare a RAID1 using the 2x4TB hard disks that we already have, plug it to the server via USB/eSATA and create a shared folder.
(My server does not not support HDD´s bigger than 2TB)
This may be an example of the box:
Or we can take a more serious brand like Western Digital.
The idea of this is to reduce cost.
Approximate cost for the box: 3,000 – 4,000 mexican peso. (145 – 194 USD)
The advantages of building the FreeNAS server are:
Performance: Freenas will have the higher specs.
Scalability: Adding HDD´s is possible.
The safety of data: Freenas has ZFS filesystem and would also have ECC RAM.
The downside of the freenas is the cost and the expertrice needed to deploy and manage.
My questions are:
¿Do we really need the FreeNAS server? ¿Is it worth to spend 370USD while we can have enough with the 200USD box? ¿Will the 200USD box have enough performance to stand the backups?
Maybe, building the freenas server is like buying a porsche just to drive it to school while we can easily use a bicycle or a cheaper car.
¿What would you choose?
I would really appreciate your help.
Ramón Sánchez V.